French teenager born with HIV has been in remission for 12 years after stopping treatment, researchers have said, in a world first
A French teenager born with HIV has been in remission for 12 years after stopping her medication, a world-first that renews hope for the prospect of early treatment, researchers said on Monday.
The young woman, now 18, is not considered cured, but is doing perfectly well off treatment, said the research led by Asier Saez-Cirion of the HIV, Inflammation and Persistence Unit at the Institut Pasteur in Paris.
Never before have scientists known of a case in which an HIV-infected child goes into long-term remission, said the research presented at the International AIDS Society meeting in Vancouver.
“We can detect HIV in the cells, but what we cannot detect is viral replication in the plasma,” Saez-Cirion told AFP in an interview.